Project profile — Canadian International Immunization Initiative - Phase III (UNICEF)


UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund (41122)
2010-03-25 - 2013-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Africa, regional (70.00%)
• Asia, regional (30.00%)


• Basic health care:
Basic health care (12220) (10.00%)
Basic health infrastructure (12230) (70.00%)
Health personnel development (12281) (20.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (significant objective)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (significant objective)
• Disability (significant objective)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This grant is part of CIDA's continued support to the Canadian International Immunization Initiative (CIII). CIII aims to increase immunization coverage rates and lower morbidity and mortality from vaccine-preventable diseases. Phase III focuses on increasing equitable access to vaccinations by targeting districts with low coverage rates and by reaching the most vulnerable and underserved groups in these districts. UNICEF and the World Health Organization jointly implement the multilateral component of CIII. This grant supports UNICEF activities. UNICEF provides support to low-income countries to strengthen routine immunization services. With CIII funding, UNICEF’s support aims to raise immunization rates to at least 80% in identified districts. Immunization currently prevents approximately 2.5 million child deaths every year in all age groups. Basic immunizations are a universally recommended, cost-effective, public health priority. Canada's support for immunization initiatives is in line with the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing the death rate among children under the age of five by two-thirds by 2015.

Expected results 


Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project include: This project has achieved results in 13 countries. For example, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, over 18 million children were vaccinated against measles, and over 15 million children received at least three doses of oral polio vaccine. In Niger, 25.2 million doses of oral polio vaccine were distributed to children under five nation-wide; over 2,200 health workers were trained to deliver and monitor immunizations; over 2,400 traditional community communicators (public criers) were involved in mobilizing people to attend immunization days; and over 11,400 health workers were sent to the country's hard-to-reach areas to administer vaccines.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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